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DCFS investigating death of 2-year-old boy in Rogers Park

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The death of a 2-year-old boy on Friday after he was found unresponsive in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the North Side more than a week ago is under investigation by state child welfare officials.

Officers responded about 10:10 a.m. Feb. 17 to a call of an unresponsive child in the 1700 block of Juneway Terrace, according to Chicago Police.

The officers saw injuries to the toddler’s face and abdomen, police said. He was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, but was later transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital.

The boy, who lived in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, was pronounced dead at Lurie at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

An autopsy Tuesday did not rule on the cause and manner of death pending further investigation, the medical examiner’s office said.

The Department of Children and Family Services is investigating the boy’s mother and mother’s paramour for allegations of abuse and neglect, spokeswoman Alissandra Calderon said. The investigation is pending.

DCFS had prior contact with the child and their family, Calderon said.

Area North detectives were conducting a death investigation.